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November 11, 2011
Remember Nancy and her “It’s a Grind” coffee in “Weeds” seasons one through three? It bothered me so much. (I did my homework in the Lakewood “It’s a Grind” coffee shop every day during high school. It had cool jazz music and seemed above something as banal as product placement.) The coup de gras was »

Love your Pride, drop your Prejudice

October 28, 2011
The once great and revolutionary institution that is American television has taken a trashy, unfortunate turn. It seems like every channel has some celebutante flipping their over-treated hair in their baby daddy’s face while talking trash like, “Oh, nah that bitch didn’t! Do my bubbies need an extra cup size?” It is an attack on »

Sex with friends…too real?

October 7, 2011
Art is supposed to imitate life. If it didn’t, all artwork would be as meaningless as useless post-post-postmodernism. This old idiom is so true it applies to the current razzle-dazzle movie industry. Sure, every film school ever would scorn the crap that Hollywood puts out and call it the absolute antithesis of art, but the »

Marisol, another world

October 7, 2011
“Marisol” by Jose Rivera is the epitome of avant-garde. The play — in which an eponymous young Latina woman is conscripted to fight against a senile God — is stereotypically artsy: Marisol prophesies her own death, a heavenly war spills into New York City, and the angel wears wing-back tattoos. But how does one stage »

Hursey: Japanese models the road to success

September 30, 2011
It seems like every sunny day at Yale, children come to frolic on our lawns, stumble down the stairs in front of Sterling, and look over their parents’ shoulders to smile and gurgle, challenging passersby not to just love them. Oh, children. We were all children not too long ago, although playing doctor then and »

Counterpoint: Maybe you just suck, you know?

September 23, 2011
Comedy is an art form. It is bred in the most intelligent, the most observant and the most self-hating of people. Add a touch of insanity and you have a genius the likes of Robin Williams, Tina Fey, and Conan O’Brian. People lust for the funny. Their ability to please halls filled with people make »

Drugs’ drops don’t quite pick up

April 28, 2011
The announcement that Designer Drugs would soon start their set was met by drunken hoards in pinnies leaving Old Campus for the promise of a Wenzel or some cheesy fries. Ezra Stiles Master Steven Pitti ’91 seemed to have captured the mood of these people: “I left after Fiasco. I really don’t care about the »

‘Souled Out,’ amazing grace

April 21, 2011
As soon as Chaka Jaliwa ’11 stepped out of his freestyle stomp during the one of many dance breaks and into a rendition of “100 Days and 100 Nights” that would make Sharon Jones stand up and shout, “YOU DO YOU,” I knew “Souled Out 2” was going to turn my soul inside out. I »

Dance for the People, by the People

April 14, 2011
The advertisements for Danceworks’ show at the Off-Broadway Theater are almost too sexy to handle. Members of the troupe don costumes any Village People fanboy would love and pose sensually on ladders, fences and in libraries. This is a clear contradiction of what I knew about Danceworks: the company accepts all people and lets anyone »

Partners: sketchtastic magic

April 8, 2011
The smiling face of Anne Frank looked down upon me with love as I walked past her giant visage. With my fake lesbian lover in tow, I ventured into the gay New Haven institution known as Partners. I have been to Partners before, of course. Who hasn’t? The best Modern Loves in the history of »

‘Speak’ has plenty of ‘Truth,’ lacks in ‘Power’

April 8, 2011
I walked into “Speak Truth to Power” early. The cast was warming up with an interpretive dance to Britney Spears’ “3.” The mood that was set was so happy and upbeat and the cast was so friendly … then the show started. It was like being slapped in the face with the cancellation of “30 »

Hursey: ‘Loving all-a this’

February 18, 2011
Ever seen the show “Trans-form Me” on Vh1? I have. It’s wonderful. Fabulous transsexuals teach dowdy women how to flaunt their womanhood with pride. They come in a Trambulance (oh, yes they did) and do a complete makeover of a woman who has had no time to take care of herself because she works two »